The student liturgy team was pleased and excited about their experience with the All Saints Vigil this past Sunday. They want to do more. There are Eucharistic Vigils, of course, connected with major liturgical feasts like Epiphany and Pentecost. Unfortunately, many of these lie within the days of academic breaks.
Our patronal feast is January 28th, and in 2011, we will bump the fourth ordinary Sunday to observe that liturgically at weekend Masses on January 29th and 30th. One opportunity for a vigil would be that Friday evening the 28th, honoring the actual day in some way.
I was wondering about letting the students loose with a “votive” vigil. Find an appropriate theme, like Holy Wisdom, and plant it in an appropriate place, like before finals week. Then see how many people show up to pray for their academic futures. Any ideas, either within the liturgical year or around a good thematic idea?